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The portrait of Dr. Farzana Hussein was showcased all across the UK. The one in Piccadilly Circus billboard lights in central London was widely shared on social media.

Of course, such a public display can only make us proud. We are craving for a positive image. What did Dr. Farzana Hussein do to be honoured this way?

She was amongst 12 NHS staff who played a vital role during the Covid-19. For its 72nd anniversary, the NHS wanted to pay tribute to the frontline staff for their effort in fighting this disease.

Muslims around the world from all walks of life-business, sports, ordinary people- offered their support in various ways.

As Muslims, we would love to preserve a good reputation around the world. The portrait of Dr. Farzana Hussein was showcased all across the UK. The one in Piccadilly Circus billboard lights in central London was widely shared on social media. Of course, such a public display can only make us proud. We are craving for a positive image.

What did Dr. Farzana Hussein do to be honored this way? She was amongst 12 NHS staff who played a vital role during the Covid-19. For its 72nd anniversary, NHS wanted to pay tribute to the frontline staff for their effort in fighting this disease. Dr. Hussein has been praised for her innovative practice in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. She implemented a total online triage in three days and came up with new ways to reduce the face-to-face between staff and patients.

The pandemic has been a great opportunity for Muslims to show what they’re standing for. Muslims around the world from all walks of life-business, sports, ordinary people- offered their support in various ways. Either by donating to health authorities, investing in protective equipment, or helping people at a local level. Their help didn’t target Muslims in particular, but anyone that needs support regardless of their religious belief. This pandemic is without a doubt a tragic event. But it’s also what’s bringing people together and showing the best of humanity.  Our portrait might not appear on Piccadilly’s lights. But we can all stand out by helping people surrounding us, regardless of their faith or belief system. This is how we build a good reputation. Islam is a well-balanced religion. It’s the combination of belief and action. You’ll find in multiple places in the Quran that belief is followed by doing good deeds, like in Surat Al-Maidah:

“Allah has promised those who believe and do righteous deeds [that] for them there is forgiveness and great reward.” [Quran 5:9]

Not everyone will connect with us at a spiritual level. Islam doesn’t make sense for many. And it’s totally fine. But at a human level, it is totally possible to connect with others. Sometimes, we forget that the revelation didn’t last more than 23 years. But before that, the Prophet Muhammad (s) spent 40 years working on his character and building his reputation.

That reminds me of the quote of the famous investor Warren Buffet:”It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

Not all of us can be at the frontline. However, all of us can do something about our collective reputation, even if it’s just a smile or cheering people up.

All deeds, small or big, matter!

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